Past Features

April 7, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 6)

Renowned Colombian Photographer to Visit Lehman April 11

Meza's 2008 Calendar Cover
Celebrated Colombian photographer Nereo López Meza will visit Lehman April 11 to talk about his life and work in a lecture entitled "Nereo in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia." The talk, which will be given in Spanish, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Music Building's Recital Hall and is sponsored by Theta Alpha, Lehman's chapter of the Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honorary Society.

Born in the colonial port of Catagena, Meza is one of Colombia's most respected photographers. He began his career as a film projectionist, quickly moving on to become regional manager of a film distribution company. A photography manual and correspondence course first piqued his interest in photography, and in 1952, he began working as a photographic correspondent for two national newspapers as well as for the magazine Cromos. In 2007, he published Nereo: Images from Half a Century, a collection of photographs from his years working for various newspapers and magazines in Colombia.

During the 1963 World's Fair in New York, Meza won first prize in the International Photography Contest. In 1987, the Nereo Center for Photographic Education and Culture opened in Bogota, which he directed for ten years. Among his awards are the Medal of Honor from the Colombian Ministry of Culture and the Boyaca Order, one of the most Colombian Government's most important recognitions.

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